Essentials for All Online Students
Before the Semester Begins
As Soon as Your Online Classroom is Available*
Log in to
Read the “Getting Started**” section of your course.
Review the course syllabus thoroughly.
Make note of:
Order your books and course materials.
- important dates and deadlines.
- your instructor’s availability, office hours, and preferred method of contact.
- how to get questions answered.
- other requirements for your program, such as advisor meetings and assessment tools.
*Students are able to access their online classroom 1 week (7 days) before the class is scheduled to start for most classes. Some instructors may elect to make their course section unavailable until they are ready for students to access the materials.
**This may also be named “Let’s Get Started” in your online class.
Throughout the Semester
Log in to your class on a regular basis (at least once a day).
Promptly read the announcements and other communications from your instructor.
Connect with your classmates.
Manage your time, set schedules, and meet your course deadlines.
Participate in the class discussions.
At the End of the Semester
Let us know what worked well and what could be improved.
Complete the course evaluation form(s) to provide constructive feedback about the course.
- Please give us feedback now that the course is over.
Help us improve this checklist.
Consider how you approached learning online.
Note what worked best for you and what you would do differently next semester.